Sound Swim Alert for Labor Day Weekend: Westchester’s Beaches are Open

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Monday, September 2, 2013 – Westchester’s Long Island Sound beaches are open today, despite the recent rain and dismal forecast.

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the swimming season, with public beaches shutting down for the year after today.

This will be our last Sound Swim Alert of 2013. We invite you to visit Green Cities Blue Waters throughout the coming weeks to learn more about how Save the Sound is working independently and with local volunteers and officials to improve water quality in Long Island Sound.

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Even better, email Tom Andersen, our New York Communications Program and Communications Coordinator, and he will add you to our Western Long Island Sound email list: tandersen@savethesound.org.

It’s been an interesting summer. We learned a tremendous amount about environmental conditions and attitudes in Westchester County (attitudes are great, environmental conditions not so much). We think we helped bring enough attention to the beach closing issue that we can all reasonably expect real progress to be made in coming years. And we met dozens of people who are truly interested in seeing Long Island Sound improve.

We send our thanks, and we ask everyone to stay tuned.

Sunday, September 1, 2013 – Westchester’s Long Island Sound beaches are open today.

Saturday, August 31, 2013 – It’s the last weekend of the summer swimming season and Westchester’s Long Island Sound beaches are open. Enjoy!

Check back Monday for updates, or you can get updates via Twitter and Facebook.

We are providing these swim alerts for Westchester every weekend morning, and on weekdays when beaches are closed. We want to spread the news when the water is clean but, because pollution frequently leads to swimming bans on Long Island Sound beaches, we also want to call attention to the problem when it isn’t.

Save the Sound is conducting a pilot project this summer to identify storm sewers that might be leaking bacteria-laden water into the Mamaroneck River. When we identify a problem site, we’ll let the Village know so it can address the issue.

We urge residents throughout Westchester to call their local officials and voice support for the funding needed for comprehensive sewer repairs and system upgrades. Only then can we be confident that our beaches are safe for swimming every day.

To find out what you can do to help us make beaches safe, click here. To learn more about what we are doing to make the Sound healthy, visit SavetheSound.org.

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You can also receive all of the Green Cities Blue Waters blog posts, including our Sound Swim Alerts for Westchester, by clicking on the “Follow” button to the right.

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